What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia, or the dense connective tissue on the bottom of the foot, becomes inflamed and irritated. This inflammation is the most common form of heel pain, and can be caused by tight and overworked calf muscles, muscular imbalances, high arches, prolonged standing or running on hard surfaces, joint restrictions, excessive pronation when walking, a new exercise routine, or being overweight. While plantar fasciitis can occur in anyone, it is particularly common among athletes and runners.
What are the symptoms?
Plantar fasciitis causes stabbing pain in the foot around the heel, and is common in the morning when getting out of bed. The pain may subside as you walk around, but can become gradually worse as the day goes on, especially if you spend a lot of time on your feet, have improper function that overworks your hamstrings and calves, or wear shoes without the proper arch support.
How can it be treated?
Plantar fasciitis can be treated in many ways. While traditional medicine often recommends steroid injections into the heel, there are other more conservative treatments that you may benefit from. If you are experiencing pain that you think may be caused by plantar fasciitis, rest and ice your feet, or stretch tight hamstrings and calves. Avoid or decrease the activity that is causing the pain, such as running or walking on hard surfaces, and try no or low impact exercises instead of those that stress the foot. Stretching the toes is also a good way to alleviate pain, and a golf or tennis ball can be used to roll under the foot in order to massage the inflamed tissue and adhesions. Wearing shoes that provide adequate arch support will also help relieve plantar fasciitis pain, however this relief will only be temporary. Chiropractic care can be beneficial to those with plantar fasciitis, with treatments such as laser therapy, custom orthotics, and Graston Technique. The combination of functional rehab, kinesiotape and chiropractic adjustments to the restricted joints in the ankles and feet combine for a treatment that will typically be lasting in relief of symptoms. If you feel as though you may be suffering from plantar fasciitis, feel free to contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our chiropractors.